Alexander Johnson, oil on canvas 90 x 110cm commission R. Cawthra, Brixton, london. January 2018.

Alexander Johnson, oil on canvas 90 x 110cm commission R. Cawthra, Brixton, london. January 2018.

For those wishing to commission a custom-sized canvas, there are various things to bear in mind. I usually like to meet with the client and see the room and wallspace that the artwork is to occupy before I begin. I’m happy to consider tones that you prefer and that fit well in the environment (light or dark, warm or cold) - and to discuss the sort of piece that you would like. For the record, I do not paint pictures of people or family members. You need to be clear that you like my current work before you begin the process. I can show you examples of recent pieces so you will get an idea of what the finished piece will look like and we can agree on a broad idea comprising elements of exisiting works if that’s easier. I have found this to be a successful way of working in the past and haven’t had any disappointed clients when working in this way.

Once the size and style is agreed, we agree on a price (which is defined by the overall size) and I make up a contract which details what we have agreed and the proposed timescale for the finished piece; usually this is between one and four weeks depending on my current workload. There is a mandatary non-refundable pre-payment of 25% of the total price before I begin work, with the balance payable once the piece is completed and delivered. The balance for larger pieces can be paid in installments over the following ten months or simply paid in full.

I will then create a painting in my own style taking into account what we have discussed. I usually make some intial colour sketches and email them to the client to check that I’m on the right track before I begin the finished piece on canvas. I can then send photo-updates of the working process for you to look at and make any comments you like.

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